A friend of ours introduced us to Nicole at The DIY Bar, and as it turns out, she loves music almost as much as we do.  We asked her to write a post about choosing ceremony music. Get ready to say “so long” to Canon in D; this is ceremony music for the modern couple.

When most brides start planning their big day, they immediately think of the dress, the flowers, colors, and food. Sure, those are all important elements for any wedding, but at the end of the day, the music is what ties the day together and is something that is often though of last,  if not least.

Since music is a key factor in almost every big moment of your wedding, and a direct reflection of your personalities as a couple, make sure you don’t skimp on giving this piece of your wedding the thought and planning it deserves! For my wedding, music was easily the detail I focused on the most (really, I was obsessive about picking the most PERFECT first dance song) and spent hours agonizing over each choice.

When you’re making your ceremony music selections, don’t be afraid to deviate from the traditional, in favor of your taste.  Trust me; people are probably just as sick of Pachelbel’s Cannon as you are, and if this is the kind of music you and your fiancé enjoy most, it will have so much more meaning for you and everyone involved!



There are four parts to your ceremony where music is a must: While guests are bing seated, the bridesmaid processional, the bridal processional and the recessional.  Here are some music suggestions for your ceremony that are fun, original, sweet and most importantly, won’t make you cringe!

Prelude (during seating): 

“Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
“Fade into You” by Mazzy Star
“Towers” by Bon Iver
“To Be Alone with You” by Sufjan Stevens

Bridesmaid Processional: 

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” covered by Sleeping at Last
“Desire” by Ryan Adams
“February 7” by The Avett Brothers
“Love Love Love” by Monsters and Men

Bridal Processional:

“Today”  by Joshua Radin
“Falling Slowly” by The Frames